Yun-A Johnson, a recent grad at American University in Maryland, shares some of her thoughts about transition, moving to another country, and the challenges to creating a new family culture.
I recently graduated from college and I’m so happy and relieved! It’s exciting to be entering a new stage of my life; not only am I finished with school but I’m also moving. In less than a month, I will be moving to Norway to be with my husband. While I’m really looking forward to the move, part of me is nervous about the inevitable challenges to come. It seems like all major transition points in life are a combination of excitement and anxiety.
Something that’s helped me get over this uneasiness was talking with my husband about how to blend our two cultures within our own home. This is really important for me because even though I am living in another country I won’t have to completely give up my own cultural habits or traditions. One big discussion for us was deciding when to put up the Christmas tree. My family would put up the tree in early December while his family put it up three days before Christmas. It might sound trivial but it had big implications because we realized we had very different opinions about when to celebrate Christmas. In the U.S., most of the celebrations lead up to 25th whereas in Norway the celebrating happens after the 24th. So my husband and I eventually decided on midway date for our own family tradition.
This process of creating our own culture together has been fun and very helpful in preparing me to move. Yet, I think this is something that pertains to anyone going through a transition time. It’s important to be actively making decisions about your future and the culture/values you want to live by.
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Interests: The Great Outdoors, Volunteering, Fencing, Rock Climbing
A Little Statement: Hello! My Name is Christal Theriot (The-Riot). Feel Free to call/text/email me with any questions you may have! Faith is so important and I hope I can be an avenue to help maintain the lifestyle of being a Unificationist, here at West Point. Keep Loving Life and Go Army!
Civil Engineering, Graduating May 2013
Interests: Outdoors, soccer, singing, reading fantasy novels, occasional chess game, snowboarding, entrepreneurship
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Name: Kai Amaral
School: University of Washington
About myself: I went to a CARP meeting almost by accident 2 years ago and was so inspired by the vision that I decided to start a chapter in Seattle. This group has a simple purpose – to facilitate and nurture a supportive community for college-age unificationists.
What could be better than that? From holiday retreats, serving in our community and on campus, to simply getting together and playing a few board games, everything we do is to help create a community where college students can feel support and love. Whether you’re an avid churchgoer or not, we all need good friends and that is what this group is for. Let’s strive to be our best selves and make the most of what life has to offer.
School: University of Maryland, College Park
Life is what you make it, and college is the perfect place to make something of yourself, as they say. There are TONS of ways to get involved but I’ve found that CARP is that perfect combination and there is so much freedom to create the most awesome version of yourself. When I explain what CARP is to other people on campus, they comment on how inspiring and interesting it sounds. Where else are you going to find great people that understand YOU, the whole you?
When I started college, I was sure I wanted to be a doctor. Switching from Biochemistry to Neurobiology/Physiology, joining the pre-med, pre-professional co-ed academic fraternity Delta Epsilon Mu, getting internships at local hospitals and clinics…I realized 2 years in that this didn’t fit me. So I took some time off and came back clearer, happier and more aware of what college could offer me. CARP helped me realize my potential as a student and gave me the support I needed to be a success.
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Name: Raymond Gallagher
School: Pasadena City College
A Note from Raymond: When I first started college, I found myself a little confused and lost in the system. Now that I’ve been through a few semesters, I still find myself looking for internal support, a study buddy, or even good people to hang out with. I feel that CARP can be all this and so much more. It’s been shown time and again that young Unificationist’s are capable of amazing things, and when we get together, we can impact our college campus and community. Lets hang out!
Women’s Federation for World Peace Representative :
Name: Sarah Jung-mi Canak
Major: Human Development Family Studies, with a minor in Communication (this is my last year in school as an undergrad)
School: University of Nevada, Reno
A note from Sarah:
” Hi everyone, my name is Sarah, known affectionately by some as CanakAttack. College has really been a liberating experience for me: I’ve made new friends, found a major that suits me very well, and started a chapter of Women’s Federation for World Peace on campus. Through founding and maintaining my club, I am finding the true meaning of True Parents’ teaching, and that actually, Father’s heart and vision is so much larger than I ever imagined.
The people I meet at school, although they aren’t from my faith, are some of the most incredible people I have ever met. I’m hoping to teach them about True Parents through my example and my love for them. The more I interact with the world outside of the boundaries of our church, the more I realize that what we have is incredibly precious. If you put out the sincere effort, God responds with more than you could ever imagine, so don’t give up!!!